Hamilton County may have enough flood damage to qualify for federal and state disaster aid. Emergency Management Director Nick Crossley says one building was destroyed, 59 had major damage, and more than 350 had minor damage.

The Ohio River is slowly falling back to pre-flood levels. As communities start to clean up, there are some calling for a fresh look at how human activity affects flooding.


Thousands of Ohioans are spending today cleaning up flood damage.

The Ohio River flooded portions of Cincinnati over the weekend.

The rain may be gone, but flood waters continue plaguing parts of Central Ohio.

On Columbus’ south side, the ramp from Interstate 270 East to U.S. Route 23 North was closed Monday morning because of flood waters.

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While insurance adjusters continue their sweep of Houston after Hurricane Harvey,  Ohioans wonder how much coverage they need to buy in case of major flooding. After all, this area saw a powerful rainstorm of its own in late July. 

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Forecasts say the flood-prone city of Findlay could have one of its worst floods on record after days of heavy rainfall pushed the Blanchard River to nine feet above flood stage.

Threat Of Flooding Returns To Findlay

May 5, 2017
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Residents near the flood-prone Blanchard River in Findlay have been piling sandbags as forecasters warn there's a risk of moderate flooding from rainstorms moving through the region.

Overnight Storms Flood Homes In North Columbus

Jun 23, 2016
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American Electric Power said thousands of homes were still without power Thursday afternoon after heavy storms rolled through the region about 12 hours earlier. Several homes in north Columbus also suffered flood damage.

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Thousands of Central Ohio homes didn't have power early Thursday after heavy thunderstorms rolled across the region overnight. 

Pregnant Woman, Two Children Killed In Southern Ohio Flooding

Jul 20, 2015
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Authorities in southern Ohio are assessing damage to homes and roads in the aftermath of flooding that swept away a mobile home, killing a woman and two of her children.

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More heavy rain could be coming to Central Ohio. Forecasts call for thunderstorms to hit the region Monday afternoon, one day after storms brought flash flooding and forced some road closures.

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Flood waters are starting to recede, but much of Union, Marion and Delaware Counties remain underwater after heavy rain and flash flooding on Wednesday.


It’s going to be another week of quickly-changing weather in Central Ohio.

After a weekend of heavy snowfall, forecasts call for highs near 28 degrees on Monday.

Flooding Closes Central Ohio Roads

Mar 19, 2008

Just outside the office of the Pickaway County Emergency Management Agency the courthouse chimes were playing Anchors Aweigh.

Boats won't be taking to the water to evacuate residents just yet. County E-M-A director Jim Deal said today in Circleville that flooding from the Scioto River and tributaries should be limited to some county roads and a few state highways.

Ohio Officials keep watch on local rivers and streams.

Mar 10, 2008

Central Ohio officials are hoping the melt will be slow enough that sewer systems will be able to handle the extra water.

Jim Leanard is the Interim Director of the Franklin County Emergency Service Agency. He says heavy rains in and around the state last week threatened flooding. But he says the waters have receded since then and right now we're in pretty good shape.

Leanard says so far the run off into area rivers and streams is manageable.